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Some of the most common injuries associated with ATV accidents

A car sometimes just doesn't suffice when it comes to moving about either expansive or rugged pieces of property. This is one of the reasons why so many people rely on the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as they carry out their everyday work-related tasks or just simply look to have fun.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATV use carries with it a high risk of injury and death. In fact, according to data compiled in 2006, more than 146,000 ATV operators and passengers were hospitalized with injuries and 750 were killed.

For those ATV operators that do survive an accident, it's not all that uncommon that they end up with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord or neck injuries, concussions or fractures. Of those who suffer brain injuries, they don't even realize they do until much later when symptoms start to emerge.

Those involve in ATV accidents have a high risk of spinal cord injuries as well. While, most often, the drivers of these vehicles suffer brain injuries as the result of hitting their head during a crash, rollovers tend to be responsible for a higher risk of spinal cord injury. These types of injuries can not only be life-changing, but also costly to treat.

Speaking of costs, a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the average permanently disabled ATV victim could require as much as $11.5 million in their lifetime. This is the amount that they were able to estimate would be necessary to sustain a victim of an ATV injury up until the age of 65.

Other costs are not only related to the treatment of the chronic medical condition, such as physical therapy, but the individual's psychological side effects, too. Traumatic brain injury or SCI victims are also likely to require auxiliary devices including wheelchairs and alternative communication tools.

When proper safety measures are taken by an ATV operator to protect his or her safety, the risk associated with the use of these types of vehicles can be greatly reduced. If you suspect that your loved one's injury resulted from seller or manufacturer negligence, a Waco ATV accident attorney can guide you in understanding what those parties' legal obligations are and how they relate to your case.

Source: findlaw.com, "ATV injuries and accidents," accessed May 19, 2017

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